Custom-tied flies and guide service school of fly fishing
Welcome to our little corner of the web. My name is B. George Hammond. When I was 11 I went to winter camp with Boy Scout Troop 55 from Hollidaysburg, PA. One of our Assistant Scout Masters was a Fly Fisherman. At winter camp that year, he brought his travel fly tying kit and showed me how to tie a blue quill. I was hooked. I came home from camp and told my parents all about this and for my 12th birthday in January, they bought me a starter fly tying kit. I tied and tied until I ran out of hooks, then went to K-Mart and bought more hooks, then I ran out of stuff to tie with, so I got fur off of the cat and the dog. I had a blast. That year for Easter, my parents got my younger Brother and I Fly Rods and that spring, we started pitching bugs. We were amazed watching the life cycle of the insects in the creek. We caught insects at the stream and brought them home, then I would tie flies that looked like those insects and we caught loads of fish. As we grew up, my Brother and I both went of to branches of the service. He to the US Air Force and I to the US Army. Where ever we went, we took our gear. After our tours were up, we settled back in PA. He in the central part of the state where we grew up fishing, Canoe Creek, Yellow Creek, Spring Creek, and Penn's Creek and I in the south central part, where my wife and I lived for 15 years. Now my wife and I have moved to Leland, North Carolina to start a new chapter in our lives. We have begun fishing the salt and the local ponds.
When my wife, Sharon, and I first started dating, I taught her how to fly fish so she could share in my passion. She suggested that we share this sport with others, so we created Custom-Tied Flies and Guide Service in 2003. That wasn't what we wanted though, we didn't want to guide people that already knew how to fly fish, we wanted to teach people that didn't. So we made a change and introduced the School of Fly Fishing in 2010.
The mission of the Custom-Tied School of Fly Fishing is to teach the skills of Fly Fishing to anyone that has an interest in learning. There are a few myths that surround this great sport. The first is that Fly Fishing is hard. This is absolutely not true. It is a new skill, and just like any new skill a certain amount of practice is required to be come good, however, the physics behind casting are simple and relatively easy to understand and harness. In fact, you have most likely experienced them and don't realize it. Another is that it is expensive, again, not true. I grant that this is a subjective statement, however, a new fly angler that doesn't mind getting their feet wet can be outfitted for less than $100.00. If you have an interest in trying the sport out and don't want to spend the money to get outfitted just to find out that you don't like it, have no fear, we have loaner equipment.
Thank you again for stopping by, please stay as long as you like and enjoy yourself. If you like what you see here, drop us a note by hitting the contact us button at the top of the page.
-Tight lines and screaming reels. George and Sharon Hammond
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